Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre-Icon
Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A woman deep in thought or, perhaps, praying in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary on the spot where the grieving mother fell when she saw the cross.
A Feast of the Jews
1. A feast (ἑορτὴ). Or festival. What festival is uncertain. It has been identified with the Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles; also with the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Dedication, and the Feast of Purim.
Vincent, Marvin Richardson. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887. Print.
. The Discussion
David could not believe that no one would take up the challenge of this “uncircumcised Philistine.” He grew increasing interested in the promised reward which he overheard the troops discussing. By questioning several men, David verified the truth of the reward rumor. When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard these discussions, his anger burned against David. He wrongly rebuked David for abandoning his responsibilities of tending a small flock of sheep. He falsely accused David of having a perverse interest in watching the battle which was about to take place. David’s response is typical of younger brothers throughout the centuries:“Was it not just a question?” David turned away from Eliab and began to question other men at the front (1 Samuel 17:26–30). More
Smith, James E. The Books of History. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1995. Print. Old Testament Survey Series
Jesus Witnesses About Himself
Again Isa. 40–55 may well provide the background. Isa. 43:10 LXX, which employs the ‘I Am’ formulation, also speaks of two witnesses, Yahweh and Israel, the servant, who has just been portrayed as a light to the nations (Isa. 42:6). Through his claims here to be both the light of the world and the one who bears witness, Jesus can also be seen as taking on the role envisaged for the servant in God’s lawsuit with the world. More
Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel according to Saint John. London: Continuum, 2005. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.
Samaritan dignitaries in their traditional dress at the ceremony of Waving the Torah Scrolls at the Festival of Pentecost on Mount Gerizim. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) Jesus gives the example of a Samaritan who bound the wounds of a man who had been attacked by thieves on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho and paid for his stay at a roadside inn as a real friend. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is identified by tradition as the inn at Ma’ale Adummim—the red or cloudy ascent—on the Jerusalem-Jericho road.
God's Campaign Against EgyptExodus 3:13-22
After answering Moses’ protest of ignorance regarding the divine name, God outlined the entire campaign against Egypt.
First, Moses was to go to the elders of Israel and tell them that God had appeared to him. He was to communicate to them God’s concern for their plight, and his promise to bring them out of Egypt to a wonderful land. The land promise which had been given to the patriarchs was now renewed through Moses. Thus, as with any true prophet, the message of Moses was in agreement with earlier revelation. God assured Moses that the elders would believe him.
Second, the elders and Moses were then to go to Pharaoh to announce the appearance of God. They were to request permission to make a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to him. Pharaoh would not listen.
Third, God would smite Egypt with wonders, i.e., miraculous judgments.
Fourth, before they left Egypt the Israelites would plunder Egypt. This also…
The Logos in John's Prologue
Excerpt John’s use of logos drew on a wide-range of Jewish and Greek concepts, evoking associations with the ot, Hellenistic Jewish literature, and Greek philosophy. Using the title “the Word” for Jesus simultaneously invoked and subverted the assumptions of his Jewish and Greek audiences. His use of the term was a deliberate attempt to persuade them of the divinity of Jesus using categories of thought they would have been familiar with. For Jews, John’s use of logos would have evoked the phrase, the “word of Yahweh.” This title was an important part of biblical traditions about Yahweh and His effective power over the universe. The phrase was regularly used to refer to Scripture as divine law (Isa 2:3), written instruction (Psa 119:11), and prophetic revelation (Hos 4:1; Ezek 6:1). More important, the “word of Yahweh” was depicted as an active force at work in the world to accomplish Yahweh’s will (Isa 55:11; Jer 23:29). This force was the agent throu…
"Set Apart for the Gospel"
This is a further definition of what it means to be called, specifying that Christ has chosen him to take the gospel to the Gentiles. InGalatians 1:15 Paul says that he was “set apart … from my mother’s womb,” an allusion to the call of Jeremiah (Jer 1:5), and this may be alluded to here as well. Moo (1996:42–43) says thatgospel here refers not only to the gospel message and its proclamation but also to the very events by which the gospel came to be, God sending his Son as the sacrifice that produced salvation. Thus by Jesus Christ and God should be seen as indicating origin; that is, this gospel came from God. More
Osborne, Grant R. Romans. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series
Beliefs of the SamaritansJohn 4:1-45
Excerpt The main beliefs of the Samaritans demonstrate both the close affinities as well as obvious divergencies from mainstream Judaism. They held in common with Judaism a strong monotheistic faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In contrast, however, there was an elevating of Mt Gerizim in the north as the only holy place for sacrifice, based on several divergent passages in Deuteronomy and Exodus in the Samaritan text. Mt Gerizim came to be identified with the site of Abel’s first altar (Gn 4:4), the site of Noah’s sacrifice after the flood (8:20), the meeting place of Abraham and Melchizedek (14:18), the site of Isaac’s intended sacrifice (ch22), and many other associations.More
Elwell, Walter A., and Barry J. Beitzel. Baker encyclopedia of the Bible 1988 : 1887. Print.
Thicket around the Jordan River
The Jordan River meanders over a length of about 200 km between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, an actual distance of only 105 km (as the crow flies). The coastal line is covered with thicket that in antiquity housed boars among other animals.
Deut 34:3; Judg 3:28; 12:5–6; 1 Sam 13:7; 1 Kings 7:46; 2 Kings 6:2; Jer 12:5; 49:19; 50:44; Zech 11:3
The Samaritans look like Biblical figures on their way, early in the morning, to the ceremony of Waving the Torah Scroll held during the Festivities of Pentecost. The ceremony takes place on their sacred Mount Gerizim where, they believe, the Holy Ark is buried. In the Second Temple period the Samaritans cut themselves off from the mainstream of Judaism and built their Temple on Mt. Gerizim. It was destroyed in the 4th century A.D. This is an ancient community that has never left the Land of Israel, descendants of the Jewish population of Samaria who remained here after the fall of the Israelite Kingdoms in the 8th century B.C., and of exiles brought here by the Assyrians during the same period. Today the Samaritan community numbers some 600 people, living in Holon in Israel and in Nablus.
Jerusalem: Mount of Olives - Southwestern Slopes
“And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city” (Ezekiel 11:23). The south-western slopes of the Mount of Olives were covered with graves in ancient times. The Jews believe that the Messiah will come down to Jerusalem from Mount Zion, and those who are buried there will be the first to be resurrected when he comes.
Royal Tombs in Jerusalem
Only kings were allowed to be buried within the cities. All the other graves had to be outside of settlements, since they were considered unclean. Two deep shafts that were damaged during quarry work already in the Roman period go through the oldest part of Jerusalem, the City of David. It is assumed that the sarcophagi (no longer preserved) of the kings of Jerusalem were buried in these shafts.
1 Kings 2:10; 11:43; 14:31; 15:8, 15:24; 22:50; 2 Kings 8:24; 9:28; 12:21; 14:20; 15:7, 15:38; 16:20; 23:30
Full Assurance of Faith
“Let us draw near” (προσερχώμεθα) is a liturgical phrase, denoting the approach of the people, after ceremonial atonement, to the earthly sanctuary (cf. ver. 1, τοὺς προσερχομένους). We may now draw near to the very heavenly mercy-seat, without any sense of a bar to our doing so on the ground of consciousness of sin. In Christ we are to see accomplished all that is needed for atonement. But there are conditions also required in ourselves, expressed first by the “true heart”, and the “fulness of faith”, and then by the clauses that follow. These clauses, like προσερχώμεθα, have a liturgical basis—that of the blood sprinkling (e.g. of the people with the blood of the covenant under Mount Sinai, ch. 9:19, and of the priests on their consecration, Lev. 8:23) and of the ablutions before sacrificial service (Lev. 8:6; 16:4, 24; Exod. 30:39). Hence these two participial clauses are not to be separated from each other, and seem best to be both taken in connect…
Tombs of Zechariah and St. James
The tomb to the left of the picture is the reputed tomb of St. James. It is opposite the southeast angle of the temple ground. It is an excavated chamber in the rock. The porch in front is eighteen feet wide by nine feet deep. On the south side is an excavated passage leading to the tomb of Zachariah, which is the cubical structure to the right of the picture. It is cut out of solid rock. It is seventeen feet on each side and twenty-nine feet in height. This is supposed to be the tomb of Zachariah spoken of by our Savior, but the Jews claim that it is the tomb of Zechariah who was stoned in the reign of Joash—2 Chronicles 24:20–22. The most picturesque group of sepulchres around the holy city, which is a city of tombs, is that in the Valley of Kedron. The entire face of Olivet above the tombs of Zachariah and St. James is crowded with graves of Jews, and in the Valley of Hinnom are sepulchres without number.
Dr. Porter says that “there is no evidenc…
God Speaks to Us
Excerpt We hear several voices in this section, and it begins with God speaking to us (v. 41).He does this, of course, as we read His Word and meditate on it. He speaks in love and in mercy, and even the warnings come from His compassionate heart. The Word of God is the expression of the love of God to us (33:11) and it should result in love from our hearts to the Lord, to His people, and to the lost. God’s Word shares God’s promises, and promises always imply future hope. Scripture is “the word of his promise” (1 Kings 8:56), and all His promises have their realization in Jesus Christ (2 Cor.1:20). The Scriptures are also “the word of this salvation” (Acts13:26), for the Word declares that Jesus is the only Savior and wecan trust in Him. What a wonder that God has spoken to us! (Heb.1:1–2). Are we listening? More
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Exultant. 1st ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.
Obviously too many of the new Jewish Christians aspired to teach and thereby carry some of the rank and admiration given to Rabbis. It is doubtful that the reference here is to official teachers of the apostolic or prophetic status. These are the unofficial teachers (didaskaloi) in the synagogue meetings of the church family where much latitude was given for even strangers to speak. Paul frequently used this courtesy given visitors. James’ complaint was simply that too many believers were overly anxious to speak up and show off (cf. John 3:10; 9:40-41). More
Blue, J. Ronald. “James.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 827. Print.
The Bridge over the Jordan
This is a bridge over the Hasbany, one of the leading sources of the Jordan. Leaving the plain of Huleh, we crossed the bridge which tradition assigns to Roman times, but it perhaps belongs to a much later date than that. It is sorely in need of repairs. You will observe a rock-paved roadway coming down to the bridge from the right. This extends up the hill the same way; but directly over the bridge this rock road has been removed, and there is nothing now but the layer of stone which makes up the arch of the bridge to constitute a roadway. It is a wild, picturesque place. This prong of the Jordan dashes down the declivity, throwing up its spray on all sides. “We pass up a deep gorge, worn by the mountain stream and cut into a channel, at some points nearly 200 feet deep. Along its bed the stream dashes against great volcanic bowlders, while the banks are lined with oleanders, willows, honeysuckle, and other sweet and flowering shrubs. The noise of the wat…
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Your Christian brother in Christ, Lynwood F. Mundy
(Reverend) Lynwood F. Mundy
The former days—times of trial, conflict, discouragement, temptation. Did we oftener call these to remembrance, with how much more delight would we make the covert of God’s faithfulness our refuge, exclaiming with the psalmist, “Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.”
Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.
WE GATHER TOGETHER
Translation by Edward Kremser, 1838–1914
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 4:2)
Thanksgiving is not merely a day to be observed once each year; for the Christian it must be a way of daily living.
No Thanksgiving Day gathering would be complete without the singing of this traditional Dutch hymn. Today we sing this hymn as an expression of thanks to God as our defender and guide throughout the past year. The text was originally written by an anonymous author at the end of the 17th century to celebrate the Dutch freedom from the Spanish overlords, who had been driven from their land. Freedom was now theirs, both politically from Spain and religiously from the Catholic church.
“We Gather Together” must be understood and appreciated in its historical setting. For many years, Holland had been under the scourge of Spain, and in 1576, Antwerp was captured and sacked by the Spanish armies. Again, in 1585, it w…
But God forbid that I should glory, … Gal. 6:14.
When a man is first born again, he becomes incoherent, there is an amount of unrelated emotion about him, unrelated phases of external things. In the apostle Paul there was a strong steady coherence underneath, consequently he could let his external life change as it liked and it did not distress him, because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not spiritually coherent because we are more concerned about being coherent externally. Paul lived in the basement; the coherent critics live in the upper storey of the external statement of things, and the two do not begin to touch each other. Paul’s consistency was down in the fundamentals. The great basis of his coherence was the agony of God in the Redemption of the world, viz., the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to t…
“To preach deliverance to the captives.”
— Luke 4:18
None but Jesus can give deliverance to captives. Real liberty cometh from him only. It is a liberty righteously bestowed; for the Son, who is Heir of all things, has a right to make men free. The saints honour the justice of God, which now secures their salvation. It is a liberty which has been dearly purchased. Christ speaks it by his power, but he bought it by his blood. He makes thee free, but it is by his own bonds. Thou goest clear, because he bare thy burden for thee: thou art set at liberty, because he has suffered in thy stead. But, though dearly purchased, he freely gives it. Jesus asks nothing of us as a preparation for this liberty. He finds us sitting in sackcloth and ashes, and bids us put on the beautiful array of freedom; he saves us just as we are, and all without our help or merit. When Jesus sets free, the liberty is perpetually entailed; no chains …
November 25: You Have to Mean It 2 Kings 15:1–17:5; Galatians 5:1–6:18; Proverbs 8:1–8
Wisdom really isn’t all that difficult to find. We think of this attribute as hidden or fleeting, but the book of Proverbs portrays Wisdom calling out to us: “Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? Atop the heights beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. Beside gates, before towns, at the entrance of doors” (Prov 8:1–3). When we seek Wisdom, she shows up. She’s everywhere. She’s waiting—not to be found, but to be embraced.
The intelligence of Wisdom, the prudence she teaches, is at our fingertips. In Proverbs 8:3–5, Wisdom cries out, “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn intelligence.” Maybe the real problem is that few of us are wise enough to be what Wisdom requires us to be. The folly of humankind may not be in a lack of seeking, but a lack of doing. If we really want something, we work for it. Wi…